The DeKalb County Juvenile Justice Council (JJC) was originally formed in early 2002. The Council was convened by then State’s Attorney Ronald Matekaitis, and met until he was appointed to a judgeship in 2009. After this appointment, the JJC fell dormant during the next administration due to lack of participation by the new State’s Attorney. When Richard Schmack was elected State’s Attorney in 2012, the JJC was re-convened. The Council was officially recognized by the DeKalb County Board on March 20, 2013, and by-laws were officially ratified at that time. The by-laws put the power of convening into the hands of the JJC Board of Directors as opposed to the State’s Attorney, meaning the Council may continue to function regardless of who is elected to office.